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LES LUMIERES: Communities at Work & AFEX Awards for French Architecture


Christophe Hutin

Alliance Française de Chicago
51 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, US 60610

Wednesday, December 8 | 6:30 pm (CST)


Join us for a special opening night of an exhibit of the 2020 Laureates of Prize Architectes Français à l’Export (AFEX). The evening features a conversation between Christophe Hutin and David Brown, director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, including a screening of Christophe Hutin’s short film, Communities at work. 

Join us for a special opening night of the of an exhibit of the 2020 Laureates of Prize Architectes Français à l’Export (AFEX).

The evening features a conversation between Christophe Hutin and David Brown, director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial with a screening of Christophe Hutin’s short film, Communities at work. 

Hutin represented France at the 2021 17th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, and this film premiered in the French Pavilion in response to curator Hashim Sarkis’ question— “How will we live together?”

Communities at Work reflects on the meeting between architectural know-how and the inhabitants’ own experiences of their living spaces through case studies in France, South Africa, Vietnam, and the United States. This transversal approach to the profession is an attempt to shed light on the implications of architecture in a contemporary world subject to massive changes. The film invites spectators along on this international journey, to move from one world to another, from Mérignac to Detroit, from Hanoi to Johannesburg without a predetermined path.

AFEX is non-profit association with more than 200 members: a hundred architecture firms but also engineers, planners, landscape architects, and manufacturers. AFEX promotes the savoir-faire of French architects abroad; animates the professional public and private partners network committed to exportation; diffuses information about contracts and international tenders; facilitates access to exportation aids; develops shared experiences within its network; organizes events in France and throughout the world  (Grand Prix AFEX); assists international clients in search of French expertise.

Program in the auditorium followed by a wine and cheese reception in our salon. We hope you will join us!

Communities at Work is currently on view through Dec. 18 at the Graham Foundation as a part of the 2021 Chicago Architecture BiennialThe Available City.


This program is made possible thanks to Clayco, the Institut français and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
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Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism. It produces year-round programs and a biennial exposition of city-wide activations for a diverse audience of designers, educators, advocates, and students. CAB’s mission is to engage and inspire professional and public audiences,  highlight the transformative power of architecture and envision a future for the field that is equitable and sustainable.


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Alliance française de Chicago

The Alliance Française de Chicago is over 120 years old and is part of an international network of over 1,100 Alliances and affiliated cultural centers worldwide. It is the second oldest Alliance Française in the US and second largest after the Alliance Française in New York City. Classes are offered for all ages and levels of French, leading to certifications in French for professional purposes or simply for experiencing another language and its various cultures. It also hosts an impressive array of events, bringing notable lecturers to Chicago: authors, filmmakers and directors, winemakers, chefs, designers, historians, actors and performing artists.

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Great Cities Institute

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The Great Cities Institute (GCI) represents UIC’s commitment to “engaged research” while contributing to its stature as a Research One University thereby highlighting the value of quality research for addressing today’s urban challenges.

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Institut français

The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.

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